News 7th November 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 7 November 2017

• The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has announced that sanctions have been levied against six athletes. As The Sports Integrity Initiative exclusively reported, ADAK sanctioned Rio 2016 Olympics marathon winner Jemima Sumgong with a four year ban on 31 October. In addition ADAK sanctioned Sharon Ndinda Muli with a four year ban from 29 April 2016; Ken Kirui with a one year, three month ban from 21 July 2016; Florence Chepsoi with a two year ban from 5 November 2015; Shieys Chepkosgei with a four year ban from 26 December 2016; and Joseph Gitau with a four year ban from January 2017. Details are available in this media statement.

• The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee has published a transcript of the oral evidence it heard on 31 October, alleging that para athletes are deliberately exaggerating their disabilities in order to cheat the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) classification system. The transcript of the hearing, which is part of the DCMS’s ongoing inquiry into the governance of sport, is available here.

Paolo Guerrero, captain of the Peruvian football team, has been provisionally suspended after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) on 5 October after the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifying game against Argentina, the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) announced. The FPF said that it had received notification from FIFA on 3 November.

Luis Delgado Mantilla has been sanctioned with a six month ban after returning an AAF for sibutramine. The Colombian football league (DIMAYOR) announced that the Deportes Tolima goalkeeper had returned an AAF on 8 December 2016. It is understood that Delgado had consumed a herbal supplement called Lipoblue, which does not have sibutramine listed on its label.

United World Wrestling (UWW) has lifted its suspension of Venezuela, after the federation ‘met all of its outstanding obligations’, UWW announced.  The body was suspended on 12 September for ‘damage done to other affiliated members’. The Sports Integrity Initiative has asked UWW why Venezuela was suspended and what obligations it was required to meet.

• French authorities have charged Frankie Fredericks, a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council, with money laundering and corruption, reports the BBC. Fredericks has been suspended since July, whilst the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) investigates if a US$300,000 payment was intended to corrupt the vote to appoint the host of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

• Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz has been sanctioned with a 12-month ban by the World Boxing Association (WBA), reports HitHardNews. Last month, Ortiz retweeted a video in which sports nutritionist Victor Conte argued that Ortiz’s AAFs for chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide were caused by blood pressure medication.

• The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has notified the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that Azunna Anyanwu has returned an AAF from an out of competition sample provided on 18 October. A UFC statement said that Anyanwu’s case will be handled by USADA.

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